Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Yarn and Leaf Love at Downtown Yarns






So I totally lost this post. I'm trying again. Some of the pictures didn't show up on safari so I'm trying again.

It was a love letter to Downtown Yarns on Avenue A in the East Village of NYC. My old neighborhood, which used to be considered so dangerous cab drivers wouldn't even take me the whole way home. They often made me get out on 2nd Avenue.

The neighborhood has changed so much, and definitely improved with the addition of a wonderful yarn shop!!! The best one ever:
Downtown Yarns, at 45 Avenue A, is a narrow yet spacious little shop with yarn to the rafters, accessed by a roly library ladder. Mary, a gem, who was holding down the fort, is friendly and knowledgeable. I didn't get the name of the other madly knitting knitter, but she was available with cheerful comments. The project samples are varied and inspiring, that lace slip-dress* from Rowan, the tiered skirt from Loets, funny little creatures and other great patterns they make-up themselves.

So if you're in the old neighborhood stop by, or better yet make it a plan! You can visit the Bistro on Avenue B for lunch! Or walk down to Katz's for old-times sake. (2nd Avenue Deli is gone, but rumored to be opening soon in the 20's somewhere.)

The Yarns:

Blue: Jamie Harmon, naturally dyed, 150 yds, says wool yarn, but has a picture of a bunny on it and feels like it has some angora in it. No color # its wispy blue sky.
Yellow: malabrigo, Kettle Dyed Pure Merino Wool, 216 yards, Sauterne 22,a rich lucious yellow, from Uruguay
Red:Punta Del Este Yarns, Mericash Solid, 80% Merino Wool, 20% Mongolian Cashmere, SOL370, an unbeleivaby beautiful red।

*link to knitting Iris's beautiful verison with lovely photographs.

4 comments:

magnusmog said...

The colours are wonderful.
By the way, if you like, you can be an unofficial 4th on my PIF :)

Mary Jane said...

OK thanks!I like that we have 365 days, thats a deadline I think I can manage!

Eliza said...

I'm glad you liked Downtown Yarns as much as I do! It's so homey and friendly, and I love their selection. And the village has changed drastically, even since I first moved there 10 years ago. Great photos!

kat coyle said...

the leaves and sky are stunning, we don't get much of that where i live.